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Other number P036159
Description Nelson Brown shaping a paddle in the Rushton shop ca. 1890.
Date 1885-1895
Collection Historic Photo Collection
Catalog Number 1976.128.0044
Notes in original notebook:
'OF THE MANY CRAFTSMEN, WHO THROUGH THEIR SKILLS CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE SUCCESS AND THE FAME OF J. HENRY RUSHTON, NELSON BROWN WAS PRE-EMINENT--THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN OF THEM ALL. A QUIET, MILD, TACITURN MAN, SUPERLATIVELY SKILLED IN THE USE OF THE DRAW-SHAVE, SPOKE-SHAVE, PLANES AND ALL TOOLS OF THE TRADE, HIS TOUCH WAS MAGIC. PAITENTLY, PRECISELY, INTUITIVELY HE PLIED HIS ARTISANSHIP TO EACH AND EVERY TASK: INSTRUCTING, GUIDING, INSPRING OTHERS. HE BECA,ME TEHEXEMPLAR OF THEM ALL. WHAT RUSHTON PROJECTED ON THE DRAFT BOARD, NESLON BROWN PRODUCED 'IN THE FLESH.' FAITHFULLY, DEVOTEDLY HE SERVED IN TE BOATSHOP FROM 1878 TO 1916, MANY OF THOSE YEARS AS FOREMAN."